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Missionary killed, family injured in crash on South Texas interstate

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP)–A Southern Baptist missionary was killed and his wife and two children were seriously injured Nov. 27 in a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 south of San Antonio, Texas.

Roger A. Berno, 48, an International Mission Board general evangelist in Zacatecas, Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency response personnel. His wife, Cynthia, also 48, and their two children, Shaundra and Sean, both 13, were hospitalized in San Antonio with serious injuries.

The family had been visiting relatives following the death of Berno’s mother in Dewar, Okla. They were returning to Mexico when the wreck occurred about 4:25 p.m. in a construction zone six miles south of Dilley, Texas. The family’s car was crushed against a concrete barricade by a tractor-trailer rig.

A native of Henryetta, Okla., Berno had served as a staff member of Bullard Chapel Baptist Church in Tishomingo, Okla.; First Baptist Church in Dewar; and Texas Baptist Church in Newalla, Okla. He was a graduate of Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla., and Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

He and his wife, the former Cynthia Brown of Lenapah, Okla., were appointed as missionaries by the International Mission Board in December 1991.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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